DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Central Oklahoma makes its second straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships here Wednesday when the No. 17-ranked Bronchos open play in the four-day, 72-hole tournament.
UCO earned its spot in the 12-team field by capturing the Central Super Regional title in St. Joseph, Mo. and will be looking to improve on last year’s eighth-place finish on the par-72 Arthur Hills Legends Course at LPGA International.
“We’re thrilled to be here and are ready to see how we stack up against the rest of the teams,” said head coach Michael Bond, whose five-player team starts teeing off at 7:50 a.m. (Oklahoma time) Wednesday. “We’ve played really well the last month or so and want to keep that going this week.”
The Bronchos, who have won their last three tournaments, will have a lineup of senior Erica Bensch, juniors Aly Seng and Taylor Neidy and sophomores Katie Bensch and Tressa Brumley.
Seng owns a team-best 77.0 scoring average and has placed first, first and second in UCO’s last three events. Neidy is right behind with a 77.3 average and owns six top-10 finishes this year.
Erica Bensch has a 78.0 average with top-five showings in the last three tournaments, while Katie Bensch has a 79.6 average and Brumley an 80.0.
The Northeastern State women’s golf team is also set to compete. The RiverHawks will be making their seventh appearance in the national finals and the first since 2007. The seven appearances are tied for fifth-most in NCAA Division II history and are the most of any team participating at this year’s championship.
Northeastern State will also be looking to best its best finish of third, which came in 2000.
The top three teams along with the top three individuals not with a team from each of the four regionals will comprise the 72-participant field competing for a national championship. A full list of participants can be found below.
The championships will consist of both team and individuals competition conducted concurrently. All participants will compete throughout the entire 72 holes of competition. In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day’s total score.
NSU’s squad consists of seniors Whitney McAteer and Kelsey Kirkpatrick, sophomore Alex Koch, and freshmen McCandren Lewis and Kayla Schroeder.
The RiverHawks will tee off in the first round at 7:50 a.m. on the first hole, and they will begin the second round at 8:20 a.m. on the back nine.
Also in the field is Nova Southeastern, winners of each of the last four national championships and the only team in the field that has ever won a national title.
2013 NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Central Super Regional Teams
Central Super Regional Individuals
Rebecka Surtevall, Arkansas Tech
Ashlynn Hall, Southwestern Oklahoma State
Emily Plyler, Harding
East Super Regional Teams
East Super Regional Individuals
Kasey Frazier, Wheeling Jesuit
Ali Reed, Merrimack
Shweta Galande, Missouri-St. Louis
South Super Regional Teams
South Super Regional Individuals
Annie Dulman, Rollins
Teresa Hernani, Lander
Kristen Sammarco, Armstrong Atlantic
West Super Regional Teams
West Super Regional Individuals
Spencer Heller, Sonoma State
Hee-Leina Kim, Colorado State-Pueblo
Mercedes Rios, Dallas Baptist